MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Starting life in a high-kill shelter in Texas is not the only adversity 4-month-old Dutch Shepherd Rocky has endured.

Rocky has battled pneumonia, an eye ailment and is living with a rare condition – megaesophagus.

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Megaesophagus is a swelling of the esophagus which causes Rocky to regurgitate his food.

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But, a special hand-made chair allows Rocky to keep his puppy chow in his tummy.

Ruff Start Rescue, Rocky’s new home, also needs funding to treat four puppies sick with Parvovirus.

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If you’d like to donate to help Rocky and friends, or are interested in adopting Rocky, visit Ruff Start Rescue online.